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Professor at Western State University College of Law in 2005, where I taught Taxation of Business Entities.

Litigation Summary

  • Successfully mediated settlement to the satisfaction of Aerospace client, claims of sexual harassment, hostile work environment and  wrongful termination, for 11% of initial demand, substantially less than cost of defense.

  • Successfully mediated settlement, pre-discovery,  to satisfaction of Technology client, claim for wrongful termination, for  11% of initial demand (substantially less than 6 figures) and considerably less than cost of defense, including repurchase of company stock owned by terminated employee.

  • Successfully mediated to client’s satisfaction, settlement of sexual harassment and hostile work environment claim, on behalf named individual executive, for 5% of initial demand (less than 6 figures), and substantially less than cost of defense.

  • 12 - 0 Jury defense verdict on wage and hour claim by outside salesperson.

  • Successfully negotiated settlement of wage and hour claim for Contractor client, pre-litigation, for 6% of initial demand, and avoiding cost of litigation

  • Successfully negotiated settlement of wrongful termination claims on behalf of terminated executives. ($2.2 million).

  • Successfully negotiated settlement of sexual harassment (exposure) and constructive termination claims, with admitted liability, for 7% of initial demand (less than six figures), and avoided cost of litigation.

  • Obtained pre-discovery dismissal of accountant client from action for fraud and breach of contract in real estate transaction.

  • Successfully enforced via pre-discovery settlement, $8.3 million land purchase agreement by private school client, against  school district.

  • Successfully negotiated settlement of wrongful termination and wage and hour claims against Trucking client, pre-discovery and for minimal amount, saving considerably on litigation costs.

  • Successfully settled, for $5,000, claim of discrimination based on medical condition and for violation of CFRA, after deposing plaintiff’s expert, resulting in considerable savings for cost of litigation.

  • 10 - 2 jury defense verdict for Auto Finance client, on claims for breach of contract under the Automobile Sales Finance Act,

  • unfair collection practices, fraud, conversion, and emotional distress.

  • Obtained verdict for Auto Finance client, court trial, for breach of contract by dealer for failure to pay on loans purchased by client, including award of attorneys fees and costs.

  • 11 -1 jury defense verdict for Engineering firm client, on breach of contract re: shareholder buyout and promissory note, and obtained award of attorneys fees and costs.

  • Successful defense, via binding arbitration, of $1+ million claim for commission on purchase of automobile dealership, for dealership client, including attorneys’ fees and costs.

  • Obtained, pre-motion for summary judgment dismissal of mesothelioma claim against Aerospace client.

  • Successful settlement, pre-discovery, of action against major print news agency by Furniture Retail client, for breach of contract on print ads and cross-complaint for breach of contract, including waiver of all amounts due on past ads and one year of free advertising.

  • Successful defense, court trial, of claims against shareholder/employee for breach of fiduciary duties, trademark and patient infringement, unfair competition and fraud.

  • Successful defense of multi-million dollar toxic waste dumping case, on behalf of trucking client.

  • Succeeded in getting provisional director appointed and negotiated settlement of shareholder derivative suit on behalf of  shareholder/ employee,  resulting in buyout of client at favorable price, and avoiding considerable cost of litigation.

  • Succeeded in getting provisional director appointed, and negotiated shareholder/ employee  buyout to client’s satisfaction,  avoiding threatened shareholder derivative suit on claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, mis-management.

  • Drafted successful respondent’s brief (Appeal denied) in appeal of $1.3 million jury verdict for lost profits of medical doctor against landlord.


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  1. Litigation: 100%
    27 years



Hourly ($375/hour)

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  • John Ellingwood Lovejoy

    I endorse James-without reservation! With thanks, I'll also "borrow" adjectives from others–after all, there are only so many ways to say "Superb", a label that James has well earned! During my 40+ years in practice, I have interacted with many business litigators who have forgotten that their primary function is to help clients resolve disputes within their clients' objectives–litigating per se comes second. Enter James–having worked with James on diverse matters, I've observed that his first thoughts are of his clients' interests, of resolving their disputes. James, with intelligence, experience and professionalism, deftly employs his good judgment and wisdom to produce efficient and cost efficient solutions. But if James' logic and persuasion alone aren't enough to resolve a matter, I want James at my clients' side to lead the litigation–he knows the rules, is respected by judges and other lawyers and is the guy who gets the job done right! I heartily endorse James Jackson!


    John Lovejoy Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jennifer McClain Tennant

    James is a very intelligent and talented attorney. His business experience helps him approach a client's issue with more than just legal knowledge. He handles complex business disputes, real estate matters, and employment issues. I highly recommend his work.


    Jennifer Tennant Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Merhab Robinson, Jackson & Clarkson

1551 N Tustin Ave Ste 1020
Santa Ana, CA, 92705


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMerhab Robinson & Jackson A Professional Corporation2006 - Present
PartnerCummins & White2005 - 2006
ProfessorWestern State College of Law2004 - 2005
General CounselImperial Western Products, Inc.2003 - 2004
AttorneyThomas J. Borchard, Inc.1995 - 1996
PartnerJackson & Associates1995 - 2003
AttorneySpray Gould & Bowers1991 - 1994
AttorneyLaw Offices of James T. Jackson1991 - 1994
Retired MajorAir National Guard1975 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
California Board of AccountancyN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, Long BeachN/AOther - BachelorsN/A